Clare students do well at Games Fleadh

Clare students do well at Games Fleadh


Ciaran Bent, Scarrif, Rory Ryan, Kilrush, Owen O Dea, Ennis and Dr Liam Noonan LIT

Fifteen LIT Thurles students have been recognised for their achievements in game design and development at Games Fleadh 2017, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students. 

The University of Limerick is also celebrating a successful Games Fleadh having secured the overall prize as winners of the Games Studio Challenges.

The team of David Ryley, Christopher Brady,  David Ryan, Joseph Greaney and Shane O’Malley designed and developed the winning game “Trash Team Racing” and were presented with their award by Ms. Janice O’Connell, Head of the Dept of IT, Limerick IT.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games, First Data, Game Sparks, Game Stop, and the Irish Computer Society, the 14th annual Games Fleadh event took place on Wednesday, March 8th on LIT’s Thurles campus which is home to the B.Sc in Computing in Games Design and Development.

Event organisers reported their busiest year yet with more than 30 teams taking part in various game design and development competitions. The entries were viewed, played and tested by over 400 members of the general public who attended the event.

The judges, who included representatives from EA Games, Game Sparks, First Data, were tasked with the difficult job of reviewing the entries and scoring the students on their creations.

LIT’s Robocode team comprised first years Ciaran Bent, Rory Ryan and Owen O Dea came third in the national Robocode Competition, which involved programming software tanks using the programming language Java. IT Carlow were the overall winners of the national Robocode Competition.

Speaking after Games Fleadh 2017, event organiser and lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles Dr. Liam Noonan said, “Games Fleadh was a fantastic event and it showcased the emerging Irish game design and development talent out there. We were delighted and very proud with the achievements of all our Games Design and Development students.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.